Deceased Ankit Saxena's father Yashpal Sharma is organizing an Iftar to send a message of harmony. The 23-year-old Ankit Saxena was stabbed to death this February by the family members of his Muslim girlfriend. Ankit's father is now organizing Iftar with an intention to send a message of love and harmony. The Iftar will be organised in the locality where Ankit lived, Raghuvir Nagar, West Delhi on June 3.
Ankit’s father Yashpal Saxena has never done any act to politicise his son’s death and rather wants Ankit to be an inspiration for those in interfaith relationships. Yashpal even established a trust in Ankit’s name to help couples willing to marry outside their faith. Yashpal says that the Iftar will be the first event under the yet-to-be registered trust. Yashpal told The Print, “Arrangements for the iftar are being made by members of the trust along with other family members and friends… Since we are inexperienced in these matters, we will reach out and seek help from like-minded people.”
He also added that “The iftar will be held at the local park near our society. We keep going to the local police station to follow up on the progress of the investigation and hence our first invite went to the officers there.”
Yashpal said that everyone is welcome to the Iftar. It is being organized in association with some NGOs. Yashpal says that anyone who shares the same belief is most welcome for the celebration.
Police of the area believes that the communal tension has now settled. Khyala (West) station house officer Sunil Kumar Bamnia said, “There were attempts to communalise the situation, but it never took hold here. And now that this party is being held for Muslims, the issue is pretty much over.”
Ankit was stabbed over an inter-faith relationship
Ankit Saxena, a 23-year-old man, was murdered in west Delhi’s Raghuvir Nagar. He was attacked outside his house by the family members of the girl he had a relationship with. Ankit was publicly beaten and later stabbed in the neck. When Ankit’s mother heard of her son being attacked, she immediately ran out of the house. She kept calling out to people for help, but the bystanders did not do anything, and he kept bleeding for 20 minutes. Even before he reached the hospital he was dead.
Yashpal Saxena despite losing his young son has good with love. From the time Ankit was declared dead, Yashpal never made an act to politicize the issue. And now by organising an iftar in his son’s name, Yashpal has proved that love alone can defeat hate.